The Trick To Effective Ant Control For Huntsville Properties

September 10, 2021

There are more than 10,000 known ant species around the world. We should be happy our list here in Huntsville is so small. The number of individual ants is much much higher. Something in the quadrillions!! They outnumber us by a huge margin. Kinda scary when you think about it.

many ants on a sugar cube

Here are the more common varieties in Huntsville:

  • Pharaoh Ants - These ants are yellow and measure around 1/16 of an inch long. They are very tiny and mostly nest indoors, preferring cardboard boxes and the space inside walls.

  • Rover Ants - Brown with striped gaster rover ants only grow to be about 1/10 of an inch long. They typically nest in the ground and can often be found in the yard but will enter homes when lured by a sweet treat.

  • Crazy Ants - Yellowish-brown these ants measure in at 1/8 of an inch. Their name comes from the fast erratic movements and the hairs on their body. They are scavengers that feed on scraps found both inside and outdoors.

  • Odorous Ants - Blackish-brown and growing to be between 1/16 - 1/8 inches long. These ants produce a rotten odor when crushed. Inside they nest near sources of moisture such as hot water heaters, leaky pipes, or inside heaters.

  • Pavement Ants - Brownish-black and 1/8 of an inch long, these ants get their name because they make their homes under sidewalks and concrete slabs.

  • Argentine Ants - This shiny, brown to black ant is a nomadic bully. They grow to be 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch long and push out the local harvester ants everywhere they go.

All of these ants can cause a multitude of problems if they make their way onto your Huntsville property.

Why Is It So Hard To Get Rid Of Ants?

With ants…what you see is not what you get. You may see a single column of good little ant soldiers marching into you your kitchen for their supper or you may find your entire kitchen floor blanketed with crazy ants. Either way, you are not seeing them all. Ants live in colonies of hundreds of thousands. They are adept at relocating their nests and queens at a moment’s notice. This not only makes it difficult to locate the nests but also to exterminate the entire colony.

Over-the-counter hardware store pesticides will not provide the permanent results you are looking for and can be potentially dangerous to children and pets. The good folks of northern Alabama are no strangers to ant invasions, and truth be told we have some crazy and creative ways to get rid of those little invaders. But for guaranteed results that will last, Custom Pest Control can provide you with a safe and effective solution.

Who Can Help Me?

Since no two homes are alike, we offer completely custom pest control services. From the initial inspection, during the treatment, and at the follow up we are aware that your time is valuable. Custom Pest Control's ant extermination process will cover every possible entry point and follow the ants back to the colony. We will not only eliminate the current issue but we will ensure that problems don't return. Call for a free estimate today.

Ant Prevention Tips

Ant prevention can prove difficult but with these few prevention tips & Custom Pest Control's ongoing pest control service, you can keep them away:

  • Tighten up leaky pipes and cover them with insulation to avoid condensation.

  • Plug any holes that you can find in your home's exterior.

  • Keep food in airtight containers with seals.

  • Clean up any debris or fallen trees around your home.

  • Use peppermint oil as a deterrent at entry points.

  • Take out garbage frequently.

  • Put away pet food at night.

This is definitely a collaboration. You can only do, what you can do. Beyond that Custom Pest Control will have your back. Call today for pest control in Huntsville.

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